my mom was the real life julie mccoy

Yes, January is the month of new beginnings and goal-setting, but for me it is also the month of playing-catch-up-on-all-the-crap-I-neglected-because-of-the-holidays. Counting how many times I said, “oh that will have to wait until January” would be fruitless because I would lose count somewhere between gajillion and bajillion. It would also take time away from doing all the things I need to do now that January is here. So, I won’t. Instead I’m going to just get to work on said things, pray I don’t forget anything and hopefully somehow get better at time management.

One such thing I’m working on is a photo montage of my mom’s old photos for her upcoming 80th birthday. I have been procrastinating this video for months now, only to realize today that I have one month to get it all done. I went to her house the other day to look at all the old photos she had pulled and had a blast going down memory lane with her.

Some of my favorite pictures were of her days as the social chair at the Arizona Biltmore back in the mid 60’s.

The pictures all showed off her bright strawberry blond hair and her effervescent personality. She was a real life Julie McCoy, which is exactly the nickmame many of my friends have used for me over the years.

Every time there was a special event, my mom would dress up to match the theme, like this Luau . . .

And of course there was the country western theme . . .

I might’ve had to draw the line at this pilgrim costume for Thanksgiving though . . .

One thing is for sure, my mom is still the stunning life of the party just as she was back then.

P.S. If you don’t know who Julie Mccoy is, grab your binkie and your blankie and go nigh-night.



  1. 1

    Those are a lot of ketchup bottles in the Country Western theme.

    But OH MY GOD MAR! You look JUST LIKE your mom.
    What a gorgeous and happy person to take after.


  2. 2
    mariana salerno says:

    I could not agree with you more!!! Those pictures are beautiful, you guys are so alike!! What a cool idea…

  3. 3

    Like mother, like daughter, and that’s a good thing.

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    Crystal says:

    Wow! You guys do look so much alike! Her smile is so bright, just like yours! :)

    Arizona Biltmore! I live about 10 minutes away! So cool!

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    Dalai Lina says:

    Cute. You look like her!

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    Benjie says:

    I showed Rob the first pic enlarged w/o the background showing and he immediately said “Wow Vangie Burt.” :) Fantastic pictures!

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    Best photos I have seen in a L O N G time. I love her and I haven’t even met her. Give her a ‘hug’ the next time you see her, and tell her “your rad”, my friend Kathleen even say’s so! xoxo

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    Laura F says:

    I only met Vangie, I mean Julie, a few years ago and I LOVE seeing these photos of her. ….and they explain a lot about you my friend!

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    Courtney says:

    I just found your blog and I love it! Those are just the best photos! I love all pictures like that from the 70’s and 80’s with the rounded edges and the fantastic outfits. I have a pile like that at home that I need to sit down with and pour over.

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